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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For November, 2005

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

C.A.D.
28 November 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Grain ::
This EP hints at the members' comparative commercial success whilst serving with Alone, Thermonic and Peacock Green, and at what they aspire to be as a band, but it doesn't deliver.

NOT NOW / DAMMIT
28 November 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Blink 182 ::
Remarkably playable and adrenaline soaked double header from the kings of fromage punk

SHOW THE WAY
28 November 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Regal Bear
:: Semifinalists ::
Regal Bear,Semifinalists

STAR REPAIR
28 November 2005 / Eli Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Frank Blood ::
More like an art installation with each instrumental segment of this collection seeking new, bleeping horizons

WHO RUNS THE SHOW
28 November 2005 / 7 Trk CD
:: Thee Unstrung ::
Fops with an appetite for the jangly southern merry-go-round sounds of the current scene OR future pop stars ?

LIKE.GENTLE.MEN
28 November 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Try Harder
:: Tired Irie ::
Chalk and cheese flip sides bore,confound and dazzle in almost equal measure

ALBION
28 November 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Babyshambles ::
Another boozy, almost lazy tome crammed with narrative authenticity

HEARD SOMEBODY SAY
28 November 2005 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Devendra Banhart ::
Pretty lickety sure that Burt Reynolds would agree that this is one of Banharts best singles yet.

SAIL AWAY
28 November 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Rasmus ::
Scando semi-Goths sneak out to do seasonal battle with other sentimental, similarly themed releases

THE DENIAL TWIST
28 November 2005 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
After making Peel an obsessive fan what else can the Stripes do ? - make storming chart singles sound easy, in this case

LIT UP * Recommended *
28 November 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD
:: The National ::
The National reach for the stars and provide the perfect kind of ethereal catchy noises, that could fill a stadium.

DISSIDENTS * Recommended *
28 November 2005 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Clerks ::
A band who won’t stay anonymous for long that’s for sure

DISPOSABLE FICTION
28 November 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Random
:: Heroes Of Switzerland ::
Rough-housing, axe wielding shoegazers from Nottingham dish up genuine c86

BULLET
28 November 2005 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Matt Joe Gow ::
A rather fresh and impressive collection of solo tunes

MARIA / PUMP IT UP
28 November 2005 / Southern Fried Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Trabrant ::
Packed with crusty rock and roll vocals, hip hop vinyl squeaks and a disco dance sub-strata of PC generated noise

WHEN WE BREAK
28 November 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Saddle Creek
:: Criteria ::
Neat album from a band who are just a little bit different from your average new rock influenced outfit

SHE CRIED / DIAMOND
28 November 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD :: Hatch
:: Our Lunar Activities ::
Scots 'supergroup' could be the start of something altogether bigger

HAVE NO PAST - *Record of the Week*
28 November 2005 / 5-Trk CD / Filthy Home
:: LoneLady ::
Distinctly individual and more crucially, very, very real.

TEAM PING PONG - * Recommended *
28 November 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 11-Trk CD
:: Bearsuit ::
If you could imagine Melt Banana covering Pavement and Belle and Sebastian you'd be in the right ball park.

CLONES (feat. Bashy)
28 November 2005 / 3-Trk CD / Something In Construction
:: Akira The Don ::
If ever a song had "breakthrough single" scrawled on it in four foot letters, it's probably Clones.

WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
28 November 2005 / 2-Trk / Wall of Sound
:: Royksopp ::
Another slick, vaguely moody piece of straight-ahead electro pop with enough commercial appeal to appear on countless 'euphoric' dance compilations.

ANGEL OF THE NORTH
28 November 2005 / 12-Trk CD
:: McManus & Pyrzakowski ::
From cold, grey northern streets to wild, rolling plains, 'Angel of the North' feels like a well travelled record.

BUS STOP
28 November 2005 / 2-Trk CD / Lime Records
:: 13th Hole ::
This is most definitely the sound of a part of a Paris far away from the tourist bustle of the Premier Arrondissement.

I WANT YOU BABE
28 November 2005 / 2-Trk CD / Lime Records
:: The Dude ::
It seems too that this Gallic bunch can't get enough of our Anglophonic sounds. 'I Want You Babe' would do the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain and The Kills proud.

DOWNLOAD
28 November 2005 / 2-Trk CD / Dcypha
:: Sway ::
It seems that 'urban' music is frequently more topical than its musical peers. 'Download' continues that fine traditional with a sharp skit on the problems that illegal downloading causes fledgling artists.

L.A.
28 November 2005 / 3-Trk CD / Moosical
:: Twisted Angels ::
Uh oh! Dire cover picture of girls holding guitars under a backdrop of the Hollywood sign. A 90-year old Norman Wisdom in the video? I kid you not!

TREES
21 November 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Loaded Dice
:: Louie ::
The new sound of rock and roll ? - Well it’s refreshingly simple and hard to ignore.

TWISTED TRANSISTER
21 November 2005 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Korn ::
As accessible and industrial a sound as anything they’ve executed before

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT * recommended *
21 November 2005 / Drowned In Sound / 16 Trk CD
:: Martha Wainwright ::
...I wish I was born a man / So I could learn how to stand up for myself / Like those guys with guitars I’ve been watching in bars... - Class

YOU ARE MY SISTER
21 November 2005 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Antony And The Johnsons ::
There’s a fine line between art - and preposterous - fortunately Antony does save the day

R’N’B
21 November 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
The story of love divided by urban music genres in a piss taking stylee..

MERCY ME
21 November 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Vagrant
:: Alkaline Trio ::
basks in the lazy sunshine lit world of bubblegum punk.

ON ALL MY SUNDAYS
21 November 2005 / Rubyworks / 3 Trk CD
:: Leya ::
Sounds like Thirteen Senses fronted by Jeff Buckley - is that good ?

1980 FORWARD
21 November 2005 / 4 AD / 18 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Who would you pick ? Here's a chance to take the retail version or create your own custom CD

WATCHING / NOT SO FAST
21 November 2005 / Double Dragon / 2 Trk CD
:: The Lodger ::
An indie storm on a crisp autumn day - The Lodger dish up more introspective, addictive pop

HER ALIBI
21 November 2005 / SonyBMG / 3 Trk Promo CD
:: The Upper Room ::
A jetstream of power pop, widescreen melodies and orchestral climaxes

GHOSTFACED KILLER
21 November 2005 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: Dead 60’s ::
A flighty, feisty stab of guitars from one of the few bands to capture the energy of an inner city guitar soundtrack

WHY ARE YOU LOOKING GRAVE?
21 November 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Mew ::
A bleak, festive manner. Like blood stains in the snow

ALL THAT I AM
21 November 2005 / SonyBMG / 5 Trk Sampler
:: Santana ::
On full chat, Carlos can very capably set his fret board alight

ONE LONG SONG
21 November 2005 / 6 Trk Enhanced CD :: Everybody’s Records
:: Jont ::
Indie pop ballooning with loose limbed vocal lines and fizzled distortions

HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS
21 November 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Paul Weller ::
Jam man spreads his wings with something akin to Dennis Waterman performing “I Could Be So Good For You”

BELOVED ONE
21 November 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: Infinite Bloom
:: Lou Rhodes ::
Former Lamb star provides a slightly more trad' but still accomplished solo outing

GOING NOWHERE
21 November 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Modular
:: Cut Copy ::
Full of the authenticity to replicate the sounds of the original first wave of analogue electronica

HOODIE
21 November 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Lady Sovereign ::
Double-dutch motormouth and skipping hooklines are dumbfoundingly infectious

REWIND
21 November 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Stereophonics ::
Popular in a Sun or the Daily Sport kind of way

RESOLVE
21 November 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Foo Fighters ::
There’s no sign whatsoever that Foos are running out of musical ammunition.

WHAT I CAME HERE FOR
14 November 2005 / 7-Trk CD / Chocolate Fireguard
:: Mary-Jane ::
Mary-Jane are a bit of hangover from the old grunge/riot grrl era.

ALONE IN MY ROOM
14 November 2005 / V2 / 1-Trk CD
:: Skin ::
It was hardly a relief to find that ‘Alone In My Room’ is in fact an offering from Skin, formerly of slightly less embarrassing 90s Brit-rockers, Skunk Anansie.

HUNG UP
14 November 2005 / Warner / 2-Trk CD
:: Madonna ::
When did plagiarism become a respectable art form? I thought this was a joke when Abba's 'Man After Midnight' came fading in.

HISTORY
14 November 2005 / 1-Trk CD / Atlantic
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
A vile, unabashed sell out and quite possibly the WORST record we've ever received.

DEMO
14 November 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Letters and Colours ::
There are some competent dark atmospherics here but aping such influences is bound to produce that by definition.

THE WHEEL TURNING KING - *Joint Record of the Week*
14 November 2005 / 6-Trk CD / Timbreland
:: Nancy Elizabeth ::
Like a walk through an enchanted forest, perhaps the kind found by Alice (of the Wonderland fame) or Hansel and Gretal.

DEMO
14 November 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Exorsisters ::
Alice Cooper on a pensioner's budget. The energy is there but sadly the tunes aren't and it reminds you of a typical and rather crap night in Jilly's.

PROMOTIONAL DISC
14 November 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Saving Grace ::
Some advice for fledging bands submitting demos: Don't fob reviewers off by submitting 30 second snippets of your tracks.

DEMO
14 November 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Mono Effect ::
This is certainly a reasonable effort but "reasonable" isn't really enough to mark them out from the glut of anthemic post-hardcore bands doing the rounds at the moment; many of which are doing it better.

DEMO
14 November 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Ridgeway ::
On hearing the opening of this one could be forgiven for yelling: "FUTUREHEADS RIP OFF!" which the intro and chorus of Ridgeway’s opening track indeed is. With that said the rest of the song isn't...

FLUTTER
14 November 2005 / Demo / 9-Trk CD
:: Julian Donkey-Boy ::
Song writing too has developed since the previous 'Donklesongs' EP. Again there’s more depth and tracks like 'Afterthought' showcase a harder, rocking edge.

F.T.U.
14 November 2005 / 5-Trk CD / Filthy Home
:: F.T.U. ::
The sheer noise bombast here is in itself an achievement but it's the melodic undercurrent especially on the excellent 'Sleepwalkin' and 'Oh My Angel Oh My Christ' that makes F.T.U. most impressive.

DIRTY MIND
14 November 2005 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: The Pipettes ::
Lets hope they have Bee-Hive hair dos too. Oops, no they don’t

ROOTS MANUVA – BACK TO MINE
14 November 2005 / 18 Trk CD :: DMC
:: Various Artists ::
An interesting and accessible collection of old and new urban music

STACI STASIS * recommended *
14 November 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Ectoplastic
:: Zombina & The Skeletones ::
This should appropriately place a bloodstained gag around any doubters mouth

TRAGEDY ROCKS
14 November 2005 / Warner / 10 Trk CD
:: The Crimea ::
Jangly, fairly inoffensive pop that swings from tender edgy folk to subdued rock

POWER OVERLOAD - *Joint Record of the Week *
14 November 2005 / High Voltage / 20 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Just picking 20 bands from High Voltages revolving door must have been a difficult task in itself

RAPTURE RIDERS
14 November 2005 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Blondie Vs The Doors ::
Effective proof of Blondies seminal place in new wave history

WARDENS / ROTARY QUEEN * single of the week *
14 November 2005 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl :: Jealous Records
:: This Et Al ::
Tightens a squeeze that feels like the grip of heavy duty gauge barbed wire crimping and digging into your chest

DOWN IN ALBION
14 November 2005 / Rough Trade / 16 Trk CD
:: Babyshambles ::
Maybe a cunning plan, or perhaps just some massive sort of happy accident, this a spontaneous and really accomplished debut

ONE WAY TICKET
14 November 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: The Darkness ::
The Darkness, quite rightly, have legions of fans mesmerised by their spectacular and energetic live shows

MAYBE I SHOULD
14 November 2005 / Skinny Dog / 2 Trk CD
:: I Am Kloot ::
Maybe this band should be called I Am Cat ? The accomplished trio seem to have more lives than a feline.

TARRED & FEATHERED
14 November 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Dogs ::
The bands sinewy music seem to make a helluva lot more sense

WHAT I SAY AND WHAT I MEAN
14 November 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Polydor / Geffen
:: The Like ::
A massive collision of a freeway full of guitars with has just enough sugar to keep you wanting to take another taste

THE PARIAHS
14 November 2005 / 9 Trk CD :: Finding Ways
:: The Pariahs ::
Bargain basement melodic punk rock

BOUND TO RAVAGE
14 November 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Finding Ways
:: Diamond Dogs ::
A joyously unfashionable romp.

VHEISSU
14 November 2005 / Universal / 11 Trk CD
:: Thrice ::
A band who are capable of using the conventional to create something a little bit more interesting

THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD
07 November 2005 / 12-Trk CD / Hopeless
:: Nural ::
Emo was the new nu metal. Well, now we have 'E-metal' destined to take over the niche and also a musical television station near you.

A WAY OF BEING FREE - *Recommended*
07 November 2005 / 3-Trk CD / Discoteque
:: The Composers ::
The Composers are one fine example of what good indie pop should be; eccentric without being twee and inventive while still maintaining sheer pop appeal.

NUMBERS FROM THE BEAST - AN ALL STAR SALUTE TO IRON MAIDEN
07 November 2005 / 11-Trk CD / Rykodisc
:: Various Artists ::
Iron Maiden were one of the ultimate cock-rock bands and so it isn't surprising and actually slightly disappointing to find members of various other cock-rock bands offering up tributes.

BACK IN POWER
07 November 2005 / 2-Trk / Atlantic
:: The Glitterati ::
A pile of trite, overblown trousers. There isn't one single fresh idea here and neither more worryingly, does there seem to be the slightest trace of irony.

LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD
07 November 2005 / V2 / 1-Trk CD
:: Elbow ::
While seldom a political band, it's spiriting to see Bury's most famous take on world issues and come up with their own authoritative angle.

TERRY
07 November 2005 / 2-Trk CD / Fandango
:: The Hot Puppies ::
They're probably the first band and last band from Aberystwyth you'll ever hear of. Thank God then that its single musical contribution are this damned good.

SLIVER - THE BEST OF THE BOX
07 November 2005 / Universal / 22 Trk CD
:: Nirvana ::
“Sliver” attempts to condense elements of the recent Nirvana box-set to 22 tracks - Courtney is laughing all the way to the bank...

WHAT’S THAT SOUND
07 November 2005 / High Voltage / 3 Trk CD
:: Lisa Brown ::
An almost magical cascade of sound drips out of the speakers, as Lisa Brown's fusion of disco, retro New-Romo rock easily takes hold.

MELANCHONLYDISCO
07 November 2005 / 10 Trk Enhanced CD :: IfSociety
:: Viola ::
Ice pure vocals, sweeping melodic lines and spine tingling keyboard sounds deliver an ambitious album .

BLUE SKY
07 November 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Tough Cookie
:: Gliss ::
Like a post coital, junked up prostitute recounting the past 24 hours through the bottom of a glass

ROMANTIC RIGHTS (remixes)
07 November 2005 / 679 / 4 Trk CD
:: Death From Above 1979 ::
There’s something altogether more serious about “Romantic Rights” than just providing dancefloor entertainment

STILL GOT TIME
07 November 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Tough Cookie
:: DR ::
Lives up to its promise of sounding like a one night stand between Mylo and Scissor Sisters

IDEAL – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
07 November 2005 / 21 Trk CD :: DMG TV
:: Various Artists ::
More a crazy record collection than a thematic soundtrack

FIX THE CRACKS
07 November 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD :: Fiction
:: Humanzi ::
This would have been 5M’s if they hadn’t ripped off New Order - brill nonetheless

MOTHER
07 November 2005 / Mercury / 12 Trk CD :: Universal
:: Kubb ::
For a formula that’s been pretty much hammered, Kubb seem have distilled it into something altogether more interesting

SO SWEET
07 November 2005 / One Little Indian / 1 Trk CD
:: Johnathan Rice ::
Even Johnathan Rice has been on “The OC”. I think anyone can get on that

SURRENDER
07 November 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk D
:: Performance ::
A fusion of inner city electronica and bedsit compositions that stand tall in a world of drawling guitar bands

SHUT YOU OUT
07 November 2005 / Epitah / 2 Trk CD
:: Millencolin ::
The chorus sounds oddly like Sting (or is that Men Without Hats?)

NO CONDITIONS
07 November 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Seeca
:: The Lights ::
You can almost feel yourself floating up into the Ionosphere

EL PRESIDENTE
07 November 2005 / SonyBMG / 12 Trk CD
:: El Presidente ::
Get ready for infectious “nah-na-na nah-na-na na-na-na-nah” moments

ANOTHER DAY
07 November 2005 / Southern Fried Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Broken Dolls ::
Proper stomping stuff, without a pink jacket or 2005 Morrissey haircut in sight

A LITTLE MORE FOR LITTLE YOU
07 November 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Hives ::
The Hives have become slaves to a top the chart placing which is probably more of a hindrance

GOOD TIMES
07 November 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: SPV
:: Tommy Lee ::
Motley fans and dad rockers, queue here....

GREATEST *TS
07 November 2005 / Universal / 7 Trk Sampler :: Island
:: Blink 182 ::
Not so much a landmark, more a convenient restroom

ALL IS FAIR
07 November 2005 / 6 Trk CD
:: Majic ::
An intriguing, introspective outing from the deliberately browbeaten Majic.

PUNK:ATTITUDE * recommended *
01 November 2005 / 2 Disc DVD :: Freemantle Media
:: Various Artists :: Written & Directed By Don Letts ::
One of the best films ever about punk / new wave – this is essential if you like alternative music

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